cannot [cant] v

see can.; negated modal auxiliary.

  1. Be physically unable to.
  2. Be incapable of.
  3. Be unable to do effectively.
  4. Be impotent to.
  5. Should not; ought not to; be obligated not to.
  6. Seem unbelievable to; appear impossible to.
  7. Be unwilling to; be emotionally unable to.
  8. Phrase. “cant I”: can I not? [negated tag question for affirmative emphasis] surely; certainly I can.